11-year-old Cybele McKenzie from Virginia invented a game called Candy Collections, designed for players ages 5 and up. Kids can play as Cool Kyle, Silly Sarah, Excited Emma, Happy Hannah, Nice Noah, and Shy Steve as they move around the board to collect candy cards and earn points — but beware of the vegetables hidden within the cards. The candy cards are worth varying numbers of points and players can collect them, trade them, steal them, and sometimes place them in the candy jar, where they will wait until a lucky player gets to scoop them up.
Cybele McKenzie created the game last summer while looking for a way to keep her brothers busy. The 2-6 player game takes about 15-20 minutes to complete a full round and Cybele designed and illustrated all game elements, the playing format, and the rules herself.